31 Days of Anti-Laziness: My Halloween Stoop

Thursday, October 6, 2011

This post is two-fold.  First, it's Day 6 of my 31 Days of Anti-Laziness, as inspired by Nester's 31 Days of Change series.  AND I just had to do an outdoor Halloween project so I could link up to Sarah's Outdoor Ideas party.  Don't you just love it when a post does double duty?  Me too!

I'll call this my very symmetrical stoop.

Does this photo freak you out as much as it does me?  Doesn't it look like I was hovering in the air to get this shot?  I was actually standing on the porch and looking down, but I flipped the photo 180 degrees in Photoshop so you could read the rug.  Freaky deaky.

Pumpkin topiaries are all the rage this year, so of course I had to make my own.

I found two of these urns at on clearance at Walmart for $20 each (originally $40!):

The color would have been perfect if I was doing a scary graveyard scene or something, but for my purposes, I wanted them glossy black.  Nothing a little spray paint can't cure.

I also picked up some pumpkins at Walmart, and lemme tell ya, I was the idiot practically inside the humungous cardboard box trying to find the perfect pumpkins.  Not only did I have to get three pumpkins that I thought would look good in a topiary formation, but I had to get two sets of similar sizes.  Oy.

I used a hack saw to chop off the stems (but left the ones on the small ones since they would be on top!).  I barely had to make a cut and then the stems just snapped off.  I could have probably used a butter knife, for real.  I imagined chopping off stems would be much harder than it was.  Easy peasy.

A little Brilliant Gold for the medium-sized pumpkins (after I wiped them off with a wet paper towel, hence the wet look in this photo)...

And a clear gaze for the others to make them all shiny shiny.

Then I just stacked them!  There's nothing holding them together but I haven't walked out to smashed pumpkins yet so I guess it's okay.  Make sure not to puncture your pumpkins or else you will quickly have rotten pumpkins on your hands.  And no one likes a rotten pumpkin.

For those who crave more info:  I made the witchy wreaths, yanked the corn stalks out of my mom's garden and tied a burlap sash around them, bought the mums at Walmart, and the Halloween rug on clearance at Target after Halloween last year.

Linking up to these parties.


  1. I like your idea for your 31 days. I definitely need some cure for laziness. Love the topiaries. You would have seen me next to you in the big old box of pumpkins. I always think there are bigger and better ones down at the bottom!

  2. I love that you sprayed them with a clear gloss to make them shiny! Very cool!